HIGH POINT – Some of the world's best junior golfers will tee off at the AJGA FootJoy Invitational at Sedgefield Country Club next week. Among the 96-player field is High Point's own Davis Womble.
Womble is a defending North Carolina high school state champion and the top-ranked junior golfer in the state. But the senior at Wesleyan Christian Academy isn't fazed by that pressure as he prepares for one of the biggest junior golf tournaments.
In fact, he thrives off it.
"I like people watching [me] and I like to have a crowd," said Womble. "I don't know, I guess I'm a bit of a show-off maybe. It's kind of exciting for me."
At last year's tournament, Womble finished tied at 28th, which he said will help him this time around.
"Last year I had two solid days and two not-so-solid days," Womble said. "I learned that on the days I didn't do so well, I had a couple holes, two or three in a row, where I kind of let my round slip away from me. I kind of know what I need to do to stay away from that happening again."
If Womble stays on his game and wins the tournament, he'll get the sponsor's exemption into the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield in August. Playing alongside PGA TOUR golfers would be a dream come true for Womble.
"I think the Wyndham would definitely be a nice accomplishment [to] say I played in a PGA TOUR event," Womble said. "Even at the age of 17, that would be an exciting opportunity. I think that even if I didn't go on to play professional golf, that would almost make my resume to be something special."
Coached by his dad since the age of four, Womble cites driving and putting as his strengths.
Womble is in the top 10 percent of his high school class. He will go on to study finance at Wake Forest University and play for the Demon Deacon golf team in 2012. But of course his biggest goal is to one day play on the PGA Tour.
He said, "I think it would be awesome to play in The Masters. Obviously that would be the ultimate goal that basically any golfer can have."